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“Weird Al” Yankovic Has the Best Tour T-Shirt

Tonight, “Weird Al” Yankovic kicks off his 2018 North American tour with a show in Poughkeepsie, New York. Yankovic has dubbed the trek “The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour,” and a disclaimer on his website reads, “Please note: this is a scaled-down tour in smaller, more …

Athletes with asthma tend to do better at the Winter Olympics

But it's not really clear where the advantage comes from.<p>From cross-country skiing to speed skating, the Winter Olympics is full of breathless feats of endurance. And for a large number of Olympic athletes, the breathlessness isn’t just over who will win the next medal—it’s from asthma. But if you …

Stelter: How to clean up the conspiracy theory 'pollution' that's making us all sick

In the real world, the funerals continue for victims of the Florida school shooting. In the virtual world, the survivors are the subject of relentless attacks.<p>Yes, attacks. People on social media are sharing smears and conspiracy theories about the shooting and the survivors. Some of the attacks …

Bill Gates reveals the two 'crazy things' he purchased since becoming a billionaire 30 years ago

Bill Gates sat down with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres for the first time this week.<p>Gates is the founder of Microsoft and cofounder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is the world's second-richest person with an estimated fortune of $91.8 billion, according to Bloomberg's index.<p>Gates …

Bill Gates

This is what an Olympics curling disaster looks like

Everything went to hell, in one shot.<p>It takes something very special to deserve the phrase “curling disaster,” because honestly — what kind of disaster can happen in curling? This.<p>Yusuke Morozumi of Japan was trying to set up a blocking shot to keep the house guarded, when somehow, for some reason, …

Conspiracy that Florida shooting survivors are 'actors' easily debunked

Beyond failing to protect a generation of young people from regular mass shootings, the worst parts of the American public have now begun to question …

Florida

Here’s What It’s Like At The Headquarters Of The Teens Working To Stop Mass Shootings

Just days after surviving a mass shooting, a team of teens are trying to start a revolution from their parents’ living rooms.<p>PARKLAND, Florida — At dusk on Sunday night, Cameron Kasky was taking a brief, quiet moment for himself. He lay on a picnic table in a park not far from Marjory Stoneman …

“Fuck you, I like guns.”

<i>Edited to add: I can’t thank you all enough for interacting with this post. I am actually surprised that it’s become this popular. This is the first</i> …

Teen who survived massacre rips Trump to pieces in emotional takedown

Emma Gonzalez issued a powerful cry at a Florida rally on gun violence, directly calling out Trump, the GOP, and the NRA for enabling the murder of …

Where is Starman? Track Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster in Space! · Where is Starman?

On February 6, 2018, at 2045 UTC, the first Falcon Heavy was launched into space. It contained a very special payload- a Tesla Roadster with …

Tesla

Why Do Olympians Bite Their Medals?

Watch the Olympics and you might notice a number of medalists gnawing on their gold or silver prize like an old-time prospector. Do they believe the …

Why Cosmonauts Have Never Splashed Down

When the Soyuz spacecraft returns from the ISS, a parachute slows its fall, but not enough for a safe landing. That's why there are retrorockets on …

Space Exploration

What to know about Winter Olympics 2018 host city Pyeongchang

A rugged, mountainous area of South Korea is the world stage for the 23rd Olympic Winter Games.<p>Pyeongchang is a county in Gangwon province, nestled …

Outside of Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn, Olympians aren't paid what you'd expect

Some Olympic athletes struggle, but others like Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn aren't hurting for money<p>Given the money that professional athletes make, …

Here's what will happen to the Tesla that SpaceX shot into space

Experts predict smooth sailing — and, ultimately, salvage.<p>The Tesla Roadster that rode SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket into space Tuesday afternoon seems poised to overshoot its mark, with company CEO Elon Musk tweeting a diagram showing that the car's current trajectory will take it beyond Mars and …

Roadsters

John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018

With a broken heart I have to announce that EFF's founder, visionary, and our ongoing inspiration, John Perry Barlow, passed away quietly in his …

EFF

Three landings and a take-off

NOT since July 2011, when the space shuttle <i>Atlantis</i> took to the skies for the last time, has Cape Canaveral seen such excitement. At 18:30 UT on …

Falcon Heavy

SpaceX successfully launches the world’s most powerful rocket

At long last<p>SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this afternoon and soared to space, carrying its payload — CEO Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster — into orbit. The Falcon Heavy’s first flight is finally over, and despite a fudged landing in the ocean, the rocket has …

Standing under the shadow of the Moon: Thoughts on totality

On August 21, 2017, I experienced something I have never in my life seen before: a total eclipse of the Sun.<p>I haven’t had much chance to write about …

Astronomy

Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy': The Untold Story of Video Star Trevor Wilson's Fascinating Life & Tragic Death

Trevor Wilson was the most iconic face of grunge who wasn't actually in a band. Not even Spencer Elden -- the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's -- …

Comedy

A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here’s what you’ll see where you live.

Today, a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you <i>will</i> be able to see it. Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial …

Watch Dave Grohl's daughter make her drumming debut covering Queen with the Foo Fighters - Alternative Press

During their recent set at Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavic, Iceland, the Foo Fighters brought out a special guest drummer: Dave Grohl’s eight …

Rock Music

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Geek Humor

How obsessive artists colorize old photos

YouTube

The best way to learn HTML is by watching this death metal video

Here's how to make web page with cute dog photos, taught by Satan!

Death Metal

Organic Farming is Bad for the Environment

Marketing sometimes involves the science of making you believe something that is not true, with the specific goal of selling you something (a …

Can fidget spinners actually relieve symptoms of ADHD and autism?

he popular toys known as fidget spinners are incredibly simple — a few small blades that whirl around a center core — but some manufacturers have …

Amanda Knox: How Prisons Use Cult Tactics to Brainwash Inmates Into Religion

When I was falsely imprisoned for murder, I experienced firsthand how vulnerable prisoners can become religious. And I'm not alone—across the US, prisons use religion to coerce and control their captive populations.<p>Katie McKibben and the Orange County Superior Court both agree on one thing: In July …